Sam X

There has to be a shot of horror in there, but I’m not going to lock onto it in time. (Next Yule, it’s a firm date.) “Santa Claus, Claws of Satan. Saint Nick, Old Nick. Coincidence? I don’t think so.” — yes, but that’s far too familiar to work, without a twist.

The hook, beside the obvious reversals (a sack full of children, the lashed-elf sweat shop bunker deep in the polar ice) is the peculiarity of the Santa Claus myth — which is designed to be disbelieved, as a kind of modern rite-of-passage. There’s a side to this worthy of affirmation. Discarding attractive wish-fulfillment myths is a cultural achievement whose massive generalization is long overdue. ‘Santa Claus’ as the idiot god of beneficent unreality is the proto-deity of every lunacy advanced modernity has been subjected to. There’s also another side …

“Santa won’t save us.” If that was something people really grew out of before voting age, there wouldn’t be a left-of-center political party remaining anywhere in the world. This suggests something very different is going on. A ritualized social training in disbelief seems ominously unprecedented, so one naturally wonders about the religious formation that commands this recently innovated power. If there is a disbelief that would set us free, the modern ceremony of Yule — celebrating the occult death of Santa at the Golgotha of secularism — doesn’t seem to be it. On the contrary, it represents a populist version of the Jacobin-Enlightenment Cult of Reason, symbolically purging infantile superstition to be reborn into an approved state of adult consciousness. The Death of Santa is mystery initiation into the New Church. Santa died to redeem humanity from the sins of attachment to Medieval unreason, and every year this sacrifice is ritualistically re-enacted to recall the new covenant. (Go on, tell me this isn’t the narrative.)

Someone ought to write a story about it …

December 24, 2014admin 16 Comments »
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  • Mai La Dreapta Says:

    This is too good. Must share everywhere.

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    wenshuang Reply:

    Agreed. I think you nailed this one. Santa is ritualized straw man for the new gnostic church against gnon.

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    Posted on December 24th, 2014 at 1:39 pm Reply | Quote
  • Nick B. Steves Says:

    I have a dear and lifelong friend, a tongue-speaking, serious devotee of Jesus, Pentecostal (NB: low, low as you go, church polity) who was so anti-Santa he decided to bring a Santa figurine into the office one year with an axe embedded in its head, blood around the wound to taste. The Puritan impulse is stronger than most can possibly imagine.

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  • Stirner (@heresiologist) Says:

    For a future Santa horror post, there is lots of material.

    Yule/ Thule Society

    Hyperborea and the North Pole

    Amanita muscaria and Christmas traditions:
    http://www.endalldisease.com/magic-mushrooms-and-the-origin-of-christmas-is-santa-a-mushroom/

    The recent emergence of the “Elf on the Shelf” and the rise of the total surveillance state….coincidence….or conditioning?

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    Posted on December 24th, 2014 at 5:02 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Exactly right. I, of course, believe in Santa, because to hell with the New Church.

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    Posted on December 25th, 2014 at 12:43 am Reply | Quote
  • Alex Says:

    In the middle silences of this night’s course the blackthorn blows white on Orcop Hill.

    They do say that on this night

    in the warm byres

    shippons, hoggots and out-barns of Britain

    in the closes and the pannage-runs and on the sweet lawns of Britain

    the breathing animals-all

    do kneel.

    Some may say as on this night

    the narrow grey-rib wolves

    from the dark virgin wolds and indigenous thickets of Britain,

    though very hungry and already over the fosse, kneel content on the shelving berm.

    If these are but grannies’ tales

    maybe that on this night

    the nine crones of Glevum in Britannia Prima, and the three heath-hags that do and do and do

    north of the Bodotria

    in a wild beyond the Agger Antonini

    and all the many sisters of Afagddu

    that practise transaccidentation from Sabrina Sea to Dindaethwy

    in Mona Insula

    tell their aves

    unreversed.

    (David Jones, The Anathemata)

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  • Bryce Laliberte Says:

    “Santa won’t save us.”

    This is, perhaps, a brilliant negative rendition of the *actual* message of Christmas. Jesus was born this day to save us from our sins; He didn’t come to save us from poverty, injustice, suffering, and ignorance. That’s Santa, and he doesn’t exist.

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    Durtal1963 Reply:

    ‘Santa won’t save us’

    This reminds me of that quote from John Carpenter’s ‘Prince of Darkness’:

    ‘You will not be saved by the Holy Ghost.
    You will not be saved by the God Plutonium.
    In fact… YOU WILL NOT BE SAVED!’

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    Posted on December 25th, 2014 at 6:38 am Reply | Quote
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  • Psykonomist Says:

    Great post.

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    Posted on December 25th, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    This Christmas -Why I’m glad I insist on being employed. And thank my blessings I am. Even if it means I’m Santa Claus for mischievous, layabout elves.

    I AM Santa Claus. I’m a TAXPAYER. Worked yesterday too. Some people who comment here should try it sometime.. No, you won’t enjoy the decline either. Or likely survive it.

    Here. Here’s a more practical Sam X. Googled it, thankfully it hasn’t been made a movie.

    https://www.epim.no/sam-x

    ‘SAM-X is designed to assist anyone involved in planning and executing seismic surveys experts on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by:

    Making available relevant information from the Institute of Maritime Research and the Directorate of Fisheries to allow the personnel involved in seismic planning aware of activities that may influence the seismic survey
    Supporting the preparation of the notification to the NPD in SAM-X
    Access information of completed, planned and ongoing seismic activities

    SAM-X will also provide information to the fisheries by sharing information on ongoing seismic activity and the location of subsea installation and abandoned wells. This information is also made available for download to map plotters.

    SAM-X will also provide valuable information to the fishery experts onboard the Seismic Vessels.’

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